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Parent Volunteers Making a Difference

What if you could be part of your child’s favorite memory at Presbyterian School? Or what if volunteering introduced you to lifelong friends or even a new hobby? There is such a great feeling of partnership and support when faculty and staff get to see our parent volunteers on campus. Our parent volunteer groups pool together and share their gifts and talents offering meaningful experiences for students and the school community at large. “For me, volunteering is a great way to give back to the school and community that I feel has done so much for my children and our family.” said Liz Walsh, President of the Parent Volunteer Council Board. “We have felt embraced by the Presbyterian community since J.D. (‘27) first started PK3 in 2016, and I am happy for any opportunity to help support the school and its mission.” 

“Presbyterian School has a strong tradition of parent involvement and it is the commitment of so many wonderful volunteers that plays a vital role in the life of each student.” said Mimi Traylor, Director of Annual Fund and Volunteers. “More specifically, the Volunteer Council plans a variety of fun activities for our students including EC Play Day, Field Day, Christmas Workshop, and EC Rodeo Day.  The Volunteer Council also supports our faculty, staff and school through events like Faculty Appreciation, Desk Coverage, and Learning Commons Assistance. Furthermore, our volunteers assist the School with yearly events such as Hearing & Vision Screening and School Pictures, not to mention our Servant Hearts Guild who pray for families in need.” What all these events have in common is that none of them can take place without parent support.  Parent volunteers are essential to the success of each and every function or service the Volunteer Council organizes or provides. Our parent volunteers are responsible for keeping the mission of the School alive and thriving. When invested productively in programs and activities, parent volunteers add energy and fresh dimensions to students’ learning experiences and contribute to the strengthening of parent/teacher partnerships and school community. It takes a village and parents are a vital part of that equation at all grade levels. 

If you're considering volunteering, ask yourself a few questions before taking the plunge. First, think about which causes you're passionate about – that means you're more likely to enjoy and stay committed. PS Parent and Servant Hearts Co-Chair, Mariella Self (Will ‘22), shares how she came around to the idea of fitting something else into her already jam-packed schedule. “For me, this is a values-based decision. In my opinion, it is very tempting for all of us to defer giving of our time and money, awaiting some anticipated future stage of life when we envision we will feel we have "extra" of these things. I think life is almost always busy, albeit in different ways, and expenses usually expand to meet income; the sense of "extra" is elusive and often doesn't come, even as the stages we thought of as the source of our limitations pass. To me, it is important to choose to give the resources of time and money away, trusting in God's provision and choosing to operate as one who has ‘enough’.” 

If you're still looking for an opportunity to plug in and get involved with the School, email Mimi Traylor, Director of Annual Fund and Parent Volunteers or Kendall McCord, Director of Special Events and Alumni. From special events to the gala, there are many opportunities to help support the School and facilitate pawsome events and experiences for students. All parents are invited to be part of the School's Parent Volunteer Council. We love our parent volunteers and we wouldn’t be the same place without you!


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